Cypress Semiconductor Corp. and D-Wave Systems Inc., the world's first commercial quantum computing company, today announced that D-Wave has successfully transferred its proprietary process technology for building quantum computing microprocessors to Cypress s Wafer Foundry located in Bloomington, Minnesota. D-Wave selected Cypress as its foundry and started the site change in January of 2013, and Cypress delivered first silicon on June 26. Results from this lot indicate better yields than D-Wave has achieved in the past, validating the quality of Cypress s production-scale environment.
The site change to Cypress will enable D-Wave to continue to scale its technology to meet its objective of delivering quantum processors that radically outperform conventional computing platforms, said Eric Ladizinsky, D-Wave co-founder and Chief Scientist. We selected Cypress as a foundry for their ability to support our unique materials and processing flow, while allowing us to leverage the consistency and yield of a production-scale wafer fab. The yield results we saw on first silicon exceeded our expectations and validate that Cypress was the right foundry choice for our technology development and processor production.
Cypress is very excited to support a pioneering customer such as D-Wave Systems in their quest to revolutionize computation, said Mehran Sedigh, Vice President of Front-End Manufacturing at Cypress. D-Wave s selection of Cypress as a foundry, followed by the fast transfer of their technology and the yield improvements we have delivered, demonstrate our compelling offering. We expect to continue adding innovative companies to our list of wafer foundry customers.